Understanding Hamstring Injuries

Hamstring pulls are among the most common injuries in sports today. They usually occur without warning and in most cases repeat at the same location throughout an athlete’s career…

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Why is H20 So Important for Athletes & People Who Participate in Fitness?

Know what drives me crazy? When clients walk through the door and tell me they feel sluggish because “I only had an apple or banana to eat this morning,” then you ask them how much water? “……….” My point exactly! Water is one of the most important and under consumed nutrients for athletes. The human body is made up of 60 percent water. Muscle is 80 percent water. When you

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Why is Conditioning So Important for Athletes Who 1Rep Max?

Some may not agree with me on this one… but here is my two cents! Any athlete, who competes at a high level usually, performs a 1rep max on a core lift. While preparing for a 1rep max it is very important to understand blood pressure and its role during training. For example a high level powerlifter’s blood pressure goes up into the zones of a myocardial infarction (“heart

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Why I Became a Sports Performance Coach

“It’s about building character, self confidence, discipline, courage, mental toughness, and most importantly, a positive outlook on life.” I am often asked why I became a sports performance coach and why I am so intense when coaching. The answer is simple. What I do isn’t a job. It’s something I truly love and enjoy doing each and every day. As a sports performance coach, I have the ability to

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Chronic Back Pain

Millions of people suffer from chronic back pain. It is estimated that about 80% of the population will experience back pain during their lifetime. About 7% of these will suffer from chronic back pain. I have trained clients who suffer from this, ages ranging from 20-70 years. Regardless of gender or age, one can focus on limiting the effects or in some cases, depending on the cause, eliminate the

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For Multi-Sport Athletes

  Are you a multi-sport athlete who is on the go year round? If so, do you find it difficult to specialize your training for each sport? Let’s say you play football, basketball and baseball (or any other sports). You will not have the time to get into a sport specific program. Some of you may view this as being an issue in terms of training. However, this doesn’t have

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Understanding Strength and Power

It really cracks me up when I walk into a training facility and I see someone performing a compound movement such as; power clean, deadlift, squat, bench press etc… And they are performing 8-12 reps thinking they are focusing on strength & power development. There is nothing wrong with performing 8-12 reps on those given lifts, except for the “power clean”. Now if your main focus is strength &

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Training the Eccentric Phase

At Performance Evolution we focus on all three phases of dynamic movement to develop a complete and balanced athlete. Most Strength & Conditioning coaches or personal trainers focus on training the concentric phase of dynamic movement. The reality is dynamic movement can be broken down into three phases. Eccentric Phase – This is the deceleration or lowering portion of movement. It associated with muscle lengthening. Isometric Phase – This

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Should Injured Athletes Train?

The answer is YES! A lot of athletes who sustain major injuries tend not to train because they feel it will decrease the recovery process. I am here to tell you this approach is backwards. If you’re inured, it is very important to perform single sided training in the non injured limb and you will minimize the effects of detraining. It is well established that if you suffer an injury

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Why is Training the Posterior Chain So Important?

The posterior chain is probably one of the most un-trained areas in athletes. It includes the hamstring, gluteus, and low back muscle groups. The muscles of the posterior chain should be known as the “foundation” for athletes. They are responsible for the majority of high speed athletic movements such as sprinting and jumping. These muscles typically have high proportion of fast twitch fibers making them the power generating center

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